The Old Man
and the Golden Fish
old man pulled in a fish. To his surprise,
the fish's body was covered with golden
Traditional Chinese Folktale
by Hoh Chee Bin from China
this story, an old fisherman receives something
wonderful, but then his greed for more good things
leads to grief.
was once an old man who liked fishing. He always
fished in a lake, which was near his house. One
day, the old man brought his fishing rod and
fishing tackle and went out to the lake to fish
after he had eaten his dinner.
he reached the lake, the sky was becoming dark.
There was a boat beside the lake. The old man used
the boat and rowed to the center of the lake. He
began fishing in the center of the lake. After a
while, he fell asleep.
the old man woke up as his fishing rod was shaking.
The old man pulled up the fishing rod and caught a
fish. To his surprise, it was a golden
more surprising, it could talk to the old man. "Can
you let me go, please?" The fish begged the old
man. "No, I am going to eat you," The old man said.
"Please! Let me go. If you let me go, I will give a
golden rope," the fish said.
rope? Is that true? How can I trust you?" the old
man asked. "You can put your fishing rod into the
lake and a few minutes after, you are going to get
the golden rope, " said the fish.
old man listened to the fish and put the fishing
rod in to the lake. After he pulled up the fishing
rod, he saw a golden rope attached to the fishing
line. The golden rope must be very long the old man
thought because he could not see the end of the
golden rope. The man was very happy and he
continued to pull up the golden rope.
me go now that you have the golden rope," said the
fish . "No, I won't let you go. I am going to sell
you. I think someone will pay a very high price to
get you." The old man said. The man then put the
fish into a container, which was full of water and
continued to up the golden rope.
the man pulled up the golden rope, his boat began
to sinkinto the lake but he was too greedy and
still wanted to get all of the golden rope. He
continued to pull it. Finally, his boat sank
completely into the lake, and the old man
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